Report: 49ers receiving trade calls for C.J. Beathard
The San Francisco 49ers could be moving on from one of their former starting quarterbacks and current third-stringer, C.J. Beathard. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the team has gotten multiple inquiries for the young backup quarterback.
It would make sense for San Francisco to part ways with Beathard. Though their starter, Jimmy Garoppolo, has had his injury issues (ACL), they don’t currently have a need for three quarterbacks. Nick Mullens is the obvious choice to be the backup after a strong 2018.
San Francisco also has the need to recoup draft picks after trading a third and fourth to the Denver Broncos for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a fifth earlier in the week.
Teams would likely be interested in Beathard to be their primary backup. Though 1-9 as a starter, the Iowa product has shown the ability to be a competent game-manager in the NFL. His rookie contract also ties him up through the 2020 season.
For his career, Beathard has thrown for 2,682 yards and 12 touchdowns to 13 interceptions on a 57.3% completion rate. He has also taken 37 sacks. However, it’s worth noting that he wasn’t playing with a 49ers team capable of going undefeated through seven weeks; they were notably awful.
With Garoppolo locked in as the starter and Mullens as his backup, Beathard is an expendable piece for the 49ers. Trading him would not hamper their short-term outlook and would only help their prospects for the future.
Don’t be surprised if, by Oct. 29, the 49ers are moving on from the 25-year-old former third-round selection.